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  • Michael says:

    I use afc focus with a 90mm lens, usually wide open for portraits of children outdoors.
    I find it difficult to keep focus on the eyes of the children who move quite rapidly at times.
    Could you suggest which af custom mode might be best


  • Dan Bailey says:

    Hi Michael, for fast moving kids, I’d use Zone AF and AF-C mode with either CH or CL. For AF-C Custom Settings, I’d start with either setting 5 or 4. Both of those will probably work better than the Default 1 mode. I’d also recommend using Face Detection. If you’re in AF-C, you can use FD Auto. I will say that erratically moving children are some of the hardest subjects to capture, but it’s nothing the X-T2 and 90mm lens can’t handle. Just takes practice and firing off LOTS of frames! Hope that helps. -Dan

  • […] Some higher end cameras have an AF-C Custom Settings menu. This allows you to further optimize the cameras autofocus system for the particular type of subject movement you’re trying to capture. See my primer on using the AF C Custom Settings on the Fujifilm cameras here. […]

  • […] On my Fuji X-T2, I find that settings #2 (ignore obstacles) and #4 (suddenly appearing subject) seem to work best for the kinds of action that I shoot. You can read in more detail how to use the AF-C Custom Settings on the X Series cameras here. […]

  • John Leftwich says:

    This AF-C article is poorly written. It is riddled with spelling errors and at one point when talking about setting 3 it refers the setting as setting 2.

  • Dan says:

    John, Thanks for your comment. Regarding the supposed error in the section for “Setting 3,” the paragraph begins by indicating that Setting 3 “Accelerating/Decelerating Subjects,” uses Speed Tracking Sensitivity setting #2, which is the parameter for tracking subjects that move with a constant speed vs. changing speeds. I hope this clears things up.

  • […] I aimed my camera and started tracking the rider while she was still relatively out in the open. I used AF-C Custom Settings option #2: Ignore Obstacles and ZoneAF so that the X-T3 would keep the focus locked, even as she appeared through gaps in the […]

  • Jeff says:

    Hi, Im using my Xt2 for video with a 13 aperture on the 18-55 lens and zoomed out to capture almost half the field. I want to be hands off, just moving the camera left to right as the ball goes up and down the field. What would be the best AF-C setting to avoid in and out hunting of focus? Seems no matter what I do, it’s hard to eliminate, tho the narrow aperture made a big difference over a wide one, it’s hard to get it to stop hunting/. Perhaps I need to pick a manual focus pt and just leave it on that rather than auto?

  • Dan says:

    Jeff, if you’re shooting with the lens zoomed out and stopped down to f/13, it sounds like precise focus isn’t really a concern. I would say that putting on manual focus and leaving it might be the best option. You can always rotate the focus ring and adjust as necessary if needed, and use MF Assist: Focus Peak Highlight to help you stay precise.

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